This is a book that grew out of the many practical "how-to" questions that the author's psychotherapy students have asked him over the years. It is neither an evidence-based compendium nor an attempt to summarize general practice or the viewpoints of others, but rather a handbook of practical answers to many of the questions that may puzzle students of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Some of the short chapters include: How to choose a personal psychoanalyst. How to do an initial interview. How to listen to a patient. How to recognize and understand self-states, multiple identities, true and false selves, etc. How to tell what the transference is. How to deal with the sadomasochistic transference. How to understand the need for recognition. How to think about analytic processHow to practice holistic healing. How to refer a patient for medication. How to get paid for your work. How to manage vacations, weekends, illnesses, no-shows and other disturbances of continuity.
Introduction -- How to choose a psychoanalytic theory -- How to do an initial interview -- How to choose your personal psychoanalyst -- How to listen to a patient -- How to frame and change perspectives -- How to recognize and understand self-states, alternate states, true and false selves, multiple identities, etc -- How to manage the telephone -- How to get paid for your work -- How to understand and manage the transference -- How to tell what the transference is -- How to deal with the sadomasochistic transference -- How to manage narcissistic disequilibrium -- How to understand the need for recognition -- How to make a careful referral -- How to refer a patient for medication -- How to manage vacations, weekends, illnesses, no-shows, and other disturbances of continuity -- How to think about analytic process -- How to maintain your physical health and mental equilibrium -- How to practise holistic healing